Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center Plans Open House In May

by Mackenzie Stasko on April 9, 2014 at 6:36 am

Breaking Free, an organization serving children with both physical and developmental disabilities for children through therapeutic riding, is expanding to a new indoor arena. Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Free, Linda Lake, says the first thing a child gains through Breaking Free’s programs is a friend, and says she hopes to offer that experience to more children.

"The open house is for anybody and everybody that would just like to just learn a little bit about what Breaking Free is all about," said Lake. "And maybe they’re even thinking about becoming a volunteer and seeing if this is the right thing for them."

Breaking free operates with the help of volunteers that are trained through PATH International and certified instructors. Lake says even the horses go through training before they can work with students. Breaking Free offers lessons May through November and serves children and young adults ages 3 to 25-years-old. The organization accepts students with all types of disabilities.

"We work with a lot of Autistics, whether it be kids with Asbergers or they might be on the lower level. We also have kids with Spina Bifida, we have Cerebral Palsy, just a lot of different physical. And then we also have the developmental disabilities."

The open house will take place Saturday, May 3 at the new indoor location at 1630 Holders Ln. in Zanesville and runs from 4 to 7 p.m.